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Junior Achievement: Turning ‘I can’t’ into ‘I can’ and dreams into plans

Every year the Rochester Business Hall of Fame inducts new entrepreneurs and innovators who have helped shape our region.  They have made significant contributions to their industries, given generously in our community, and serve as excellent role models for the ...

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Family values helped pave way in construction for John and Richard DiMarco

Their maternal grandfather owned his own construction firm: D. Giamberardino Construction Co. So did their father: Richard DiMarco General Contractor. Thus, it was only natural for his sons, John and Richard, to follow in those mortar-dusted footprints—first doing masonry with ...

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Winding path led Lori Van Dusen to become a leading financial advisor

From the unlikely path of aspiring singer to financial advisor, Lori Van Dusen of LVW Advisors has built a wealth management empire out of a humble space off Monroe Avenue in Pittsford. Since founding LVW in 2011, Van Dusen has ...

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Peter Schottland believes in reinvesting in company and community

When Peter Schottland took the helm at American Packaging Corp. in 1999, it was annually posting an impressive $130 million to $140 million in sales. But with steady re-investments and a focus on employees, the company has grown to more ...

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Parcel 5 a new staple of Festival City

As daylight hits the graveled lot of Parcel 5 on crisp early September Rochester morning, anything remarkable about the barren sliver of downtown directly across from Sibley Square is hard to see. But for two days beginning Sept. 13, the ...

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Evolving downtown Q and A: Christopher Mannelli

To help track the impact of downtown’s ongoing evolution, the RBJ asked three stakeholders for comments. Monday: Sharon Napier, founder and partner at Partners + Napier. Tuesday: Sergio Esteban, CEO of LaBella Associates. Today: Christopher Mannelli, executive director of Geva ...

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Evolving downtown Q and A: Sergio Esteban

To help track the impact of downtown’s ongoing evolution, the RBJ asked three stakeholders for comments. Monday: Sharon Napier, founder and partner at Partners + Napier. Today: Sergio Esteban, CEO of LaBella Associates. Wednesday: Christopher Mannelli, executive director of Geva Theatre.  ...

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Downtown learns to morph into Festival City

The Roc Holiday Village, Rochester Fringe Festival and Super City Rochester have all taken root in downtown Rochester in recent years, combining with other long-time attractions to create an expansive variety of entertainment and events in the city’s core downtown. ...

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Evolving downtown Q and A: Sharon Napier

To help track the impact of downtown’s ongoing evolution, the RBJ asked three stakeholders for comments. First up, Sharon Napier, founder and partner at Partners + Napier. Tuesday: Sergio Esteban, CEO of LaBella Associates; Wednesday: Christopher Mannelli, executive director of ...

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Rochester rediscovers its riverfront

For lifelong Rochesterians, it may be easy to visualize what downtown will look like when its revitalization is complete, for it may have had a similar look and feel decades ago: Millennials heading out to a hip new restaurant, flanked ...

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Heritage Christian brings ERN to Rochester

Any business that employs people (which is to say, nearly every business) is looking for a way to increase morale and boost productivity that doesn’t add extra weight to the personnel budget. Take a moment and ask: Who in my ...

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Heritage Christian Services’ Employment Alliance strong and growing

“He’s been with us for just over eight years and continues to be a great addition to our team. From his wonderful and warm personality to his ever-present smile and friendly ‘hello,’ he fits right in,” Drew Hoselton, president of ...

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Skilled trades, middle skills in schools battle a pro-college bias

Students in the optics technology program at Monroe Community College often have job offers before they complete their degree or certificate. Now some of the 120 optics companies in Rochester are also reaching into local high schools. The students either ...

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